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Working for Equality in Atlanta (01:28)


A woman defines a good society as one without poverty and homelessness. (Credits)

The Good Society: Atlanta: Sponsor Message (00:27)

The Good Society: Atlanta: Sponsor Message

Grassroots Democracy Efforts (01:01)

Moyers addresses America's love-hate relationship with institutions and discusses recent efforts to work through them to improve communities.

American Individualism (02:21)

In popular culture, lone heroes reject institutions. Today, suburbs have replaced the concept of Westward Expansion while cities have become rundown.

"The Good Society" (02:06)

After the Vietnam War, the “greed” decade reflected extreme American individualism. The L.A. riots prompted a renewed interest in community; Robert Bellah's book uses baseball as a model for effective institutions.

Institutional Renewal (01:40)

"The Good Society" authors speak with educators about building on concepts of family, church, school, corporation, and government to improve society.

Finding a Good Society (01:22)

Moyers will visit Atlanta and Los Angeles to explore community development in theory and in practice. View footage of Atlanta receiving the 1996 Olympic bid.

Hosting the 1996 Olympics (02:01)

Atlanta won the Olympic bid by promoting itself as the capital of the New South—a model of racial harmony and economic progress.

Atlanta Project (01:48)

Former president Jimmy Carter describes the city's socioeconomic division; learn poverty and crime statistics. He reveals plans to improve poor neighborhoods at a Democratic National Convention.

Improving Race Relations (01:12)

Carter calls on residents of all races and incomes to collaborate on the Atlanta Project. Mayor Maynard Jackson describes African-American frustration at ongoing inequality.

Building Community in Atlanta (03:15)

Psychologist Bob Lupton moved from the suburbs to the inner city to improve his work with at risk teens and families—enriching his own family life. He shows us around his mixed race neighborhood.

Meeting Atlanta Family Needs (01:30)

Lupton describes his community-building project, beginning with a donation based clothing store and daycare center.

Glencastle Community Housing (03:09)

Lupton describes transforming the Atlanta Stockade into low income apartments, with help from volunteer architects and construction companies.

Community Building Lessons (01:15)

Lupton reflects on establishing relationships across socioeconomic divisions to improve Atlanta's society—independent of institutions.

Grassroots Atlanta Community Empowerment (03:55)

Margie Smith lives in America's oldest public housing project. Neighbors elected her to lead children's recreational activities efforts; during a visit to Dr. King's memorial she reminds them to live up to their potential.

Rejuvenating Atlanta Public Housing (02:30)

Techwood Homes residents have voted on a redevelopment plan, rather than being relocated for the Olympic Village. Smith voices frustration at unfulfilled political promises and prejudices against her community.

Equal Business Opportunity Legislation (03:57)

Richmond Thegg was contracted to print Olympic T-Shirts—saving his silk screen company. He describes leaving the corporate world and the challenges of navigating Atlanta's white economy as a black immigrant.

Atlanta Olympic Economic Opportunities (03:11)

Thegg contracted with Coca-Cola as an initiative to hire minority vendors. The Olympic T-Shirt contract expanded his business—but he's skeptical that many African-American entrepreneurs will benefit, due to a lack of institutional support.

Redeveloping Underground Atlanta (03:00)

Real estate developer Joe Martin bridges the gap between businesses and institutions to address social problems. He explains how a public-private partnership has revitalized a downtown commercial zone.

Public-Private Collaboration Challenges (03:17)

Martin submitted recommendations for revitalizing Atlanta neighborhoods affected by the Olympics, but the city hasn't acted. He voices frustration at missed opportunities for socioeconomic improvement.

Implementing the Atlanta Project (02:40)

Carter discusses challenges of overcoming American individualism to engage communities. One method to bridge the socioeconomic gap is to assign mentors to at-risk students.

Poverty Reduction Measures: Theory vs. Practice (04:40)

Carter emphasizes the importance of building social bridges between volunteers and families in need, and describes a recent Atlanta middle school visit that opened his eyes to drug abuse and teen pregnancy.

Bridging Two Atlantas (02:58)

Bellah discusses how citizens have turned from individualism to community building—using public-private partnerships and recognizing that institutions are necessary to improving society.

Credits: The Good Society: Atlanta (01:27)

Credits: The Good Society: Atlanta

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The groundbreaking book by sociologist Robert Bellah, The Good Society, forms the backbone for this two-part program with Bill Moyers, which looks at two American cities uniquely struggling to make a better society. The first program looks at Atlanta. Often cited as America’s most livable city, it is also one of the poorest cities in the nation. In spite of the divisions within the city—rich and poor, black and white—Atlanta is a place where people are coming together to work for a better community. Among those appearing in the program are former President Jimmy Carter, Mayor Maynard Jackson, as well as civic and community leaders. (60 minutes)

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL5043

ISBN: 978-1-4213-9282-0

Copyright date: ©1992

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